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Volunteering at The Dukes


Volunteers play a vital role in supporting The Dukes’ activity, and we are grateful for the time and enthusiasm that our growing team of dedicated & passionate volunteers provide.

We have different volunteering opportunities available depending where we are in the calendar year. You can read through the options below and work out which one suits you best! (You can do them all!)


Volunteering for the UK’s Largest Outdoor Theatre Event – the Park Show

The shark in action during The Dukes production of Treasure Island which runs until August 19.

If you’re new to The Dukes park show, it’s an experience like no other. The Dukes Walkabout Theatre event is the biggest of its kind in Britain and we have been producing them since 1987.

All the scenes of our fully outdoor, all-weather performance takes place in a different location of the stunning Williamson Park.

Each year a team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers do a fantastic job of greeting our audiences (in all weathers) and raising vital funds by selling our programmes and souvenirs. If you have at least one evening a week free over summer and would like to support our work then this could be the volunteering opportunity for you!

Volunteering for the Dukes Christmas Show

A scene from Aladdin

With live music, songs, and bags of laughter our Christmas shows deliver a big hearted theatrical treat for all the family. Each Christmas we recruit at least 10 extra volunteers to help our existing team deliver a top rate customer experience for our theatre audiences. You will receive full training and learn how to usher Front of House at The Dukes. If you have at least one day a week free from the end of November until the beginning of January then this could be the volunteering opportunity for you!

Volunteering for Light Up Lancaster















Main duties and responsibilities of the post:

  1. Guiding, informing and greeting
  2. Being aware of and informing audience members about the events taking place on that evening and that week
  3. Engaging with the audience to create excellent rapport and ensure people have the best possible experience of the event
  4. Reporting any hazards or potential problems to security staff.
  5. To follow closely the protocol given at training about how to respond to an emergency or difficult situation


Front of House Usher Volunteers

The Rake The Dukes Lancaster

We have a great team of approximately 50 permanent usher volunteers who donate at least 2 days or evenings a month of their time.

From tearing tickets at our cinema screenings to selling merchandise for theatre productions, this is a way to get involved and support your local theatre.

Marketing Volunteers

The Dukes theatre

Our busy marketing team are always on the lookout for help in spreading the word about our vibrant and innovative theatre. For a free hot drink and a chance to socialise with other volunteers over some envelope stuffing or distributing leaflets around Lancaster apply now.